Friday, August 12, 2011

It's Friday! The Gimlet and The Lemon Drop, variations on two cocktails.













The Gimlet




When Spirits and Beer were stored in wooden barrels, bartenders unsed a small sharp tool called a gimlet to tap into them. This inspired the creation of a refreshing short citrusy cocktail. In 1953 Raymond Chandler made it the favorite of our favorite detective Philip Marlowe in The Long Goodbye.



The Gimlet

11/2 fl oz gin

11/2 fl oz lime cordial

Cracked ice cubes

Small lime wedge, to decorate

Put the gin, lime cordial ( such as Rose’s lime juice, or mix equal parts sugar syrup and fresh lime juice), and 4 to 5 cracked ice cubes into a cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously. Strain into a well chilled cocktail glass and serve decorated with a wedge of lime.



Gimlet on the rocks

11/2 fl oz gin

11/2 fl oz lime cordial

Cracked Ice cubes

Pour the gin and lime cordial into a sours or old fashioned glass filled with ice. Stir well and drop a wedge of lime into the glass. Serve with a stirrer.


Vodka Gimlet

11/2 fl oz Vodka

11/2 Lime Cordial

5 cracked cubes.

Serve straight up or over ice.




Tequila Gimlet

11/2 fl oz Vodka

11/2 Lime Cordial

5 cracked cubes

Serve straight up or over ice.



Scotch Gimlet

11/2 fl oz Scotch Whiskey

11/2 fl oz Lime Cordial

5 cubes cracked ice



Put the Scotch, lime cordial ( such as Rose’s lime juice, or mix equal parts sugar syrup and fresh lime juice), and 4 to 5 cracked ice cubes into a cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously. Strain into a well chilled cocktail glass and serve decorated with a wedge of lime.


The Lemon Drop – The Cool Lemon Classic



Lemon Wedge

Superfine Sugar

11/2 fl oz vodka

½ fl oz Limoncello

½ fl oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

Lemon slice to serve.

Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with the lemon wedge. Dip the rim in superfine sugar and chill well. Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes; add the vodka, Limoncello, and lemon juice; shake vigorously. Strain into the glass and serve decorated with a lemon slice.

Citrus Drop

Lemon Wedge

Superfine Sugar

11/2 fl oz vodka

½ fl oz Triple sec

½ fl oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

Lemon slice to serve.

Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with the lemon wedge. Dip the rim in superfine sugar and chill well. Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes; add the vodka, Triple Sec, and lemon juice; shake vigorously. Strain into the glass and serve decorated with a lemon slice.



Sweet Lemon Drop

Lemon Wedge

Superfine Sugar

21/2 fl oz vodka

½ fl oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

Lemon slice to serve.

Sugae Cube

Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with the lemon wedge. Dip the rim in superfine sugar and chill well. Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes; add the vodka, and lemon juice; shake vigorously. Strain into the glass and serve decorated with a lemon slice. Drop one sugar cube into the glass before serving.



Melon Drop

Superfine Sugar

11/2 fl oz vodka

½ fl oz Midori melon liqueur

½ fl oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

Maraschino cherry to serve.

Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with the lemon wedge. Dip the rim in superfine sugar and chill well. Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes; add the vodka, Midori melon liqueur, and lemon juice; shake vigorously. Strain into the glass and serve decorated with a cherry.




Lemon Soda Drop – use a highball glass

Lemon Wedge

Superfine Sugar

11/2 fl oz vodka

½ fl oz Limoncello

½ fl oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

Cream soda or lemonade

Lemon slice to serve.

Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with the lemon wedge. Dip the rim in superfine sugar and chill well. Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes; add the vodka, Limoncello, and lemon juice; shake vigorously. Strain into the glass and top with cream soda or lemonade, serve decorated with a lemon slice.


Please drink responsibly!

Have a great weekend!

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